Alcohol and Drug Youth Clinician - General Focus

Job Number: 
Work Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Alcohol and Drug Youth Clinician – General Focus

CADS Altered High Youth Service,

Full-time position available

Are you are an experienced, youth and family focused Alcohol and Drug clinician with an interest in working collaboratively and in partnership with community services who would like to make a positive difference in the lives of others?

Auckland Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) is the largest provider of outpatient Alcohol & Drug Services in New Zealand.

The CADS Altered High Youth Service is a vibrant and innovative service for young people from the age of 13 to 20 years who present in relation to alcohol and other drug issues. We are a mobile regional community team, based in Kingsland. We provide a service that strives to maintain and improve quality, standards of clinical practice, community and professional relationships and networks, and supports the growth and development of staff.

We are currently looking for someone from a relevant professional background who has initiative and is highly motivated to work as a full-time Youth AOD Clinician. The position will have a general alcohol and drug counselling focus with young people and their families / whānau.  

Applicants will be able to demonstrate a willingness and commitment to working in partnership with Maori and Pacific Island youth services and with a range of services and sectors such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health services, Oranga Tamariki (formerly known as Child Youth and Family/CYF), Non-Government Organisations, Education and Justice. A current full driver’s licence(both manual and auto) is essential.


  • Relevant three year tertiary qualification and professional registration.
  • Relevant knowledge of, and experience working with youth and their families/ whānau.
  • Knowledge of the concepts and implications of the Harm Reduction model, and willingness to work within this framework.
  • Proven skills in clinical assessment, treatment planning and goal setting.
  • Ability to develop and implement treatment plans in line with client goals.
  • Experience in counselling and group work.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective networks.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Drivers licence for both manual and automatic vehicles.
  • Computer skills.


  • Extensive experience working with youth and their families/whānau.
  • Knowledge of and working with Oranga Tamariki (youth justice and care and protection).
  • Significant experience and/or training in the alcohol and drug field. 
  • Relevant training in family work
  • Relevant postgraduate health or education related tertiary qualification.

For a copy of the Position Description for this role, please click the following link:

General Focus Clinician ​

To apply for this role, please do so by visiting our careers website at quoting reference number NOR05164 

For more information about the position please contact Anne Crawford Clinical Team Leader on 09 845 1889 and for more information on our recruitment process, please contact Glenn Bratton, Recruitment Consultant on 09 442 7251.